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Meaning of ACCUSE

Pronunciation:  u'kyooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "He charged the man with spousal abuse"
  2. [v]  blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference"

ACCUSE is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: criminate, impeach, incriminate
 See Also: accuse, arraign, asperse, besmirch, blame, calumniate, charge, defame, denigrate, fault, file, indict, lodge, recriminate, reproach, slander, smear, smirch, sully, upbraid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ac*cuse"\, n.
    Accusation. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Ac*cuse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accused}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Accusing}.] [OF. acuser, F. accuser, L. accusare, to call
    to account, accuse; ad + causa cause, lawsuit. Cf. {Cause}.]
    1. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or
       offense; (Law) to charge with an offense, judicially or by
       a public process; -- with of; as, to accuse one of a high
       crime or misdemeanor.
             Neither can they prove the things whereof they now
             accuse me.                            --Acts xxiv.
             We are accused of having persuaded Austria and
             Sardinia to lay down their arms.      --Macaulay.
    2. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.
             Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else
             excusing one another.                 --Rom. ii. 15.
    3. To betray; to show. [L.]                    --Sir P.
    Syn: To charge; blame; censure; reproach; criminate; indict;
         impeach; arraign.
    Usage: To {Accuse}, {Charge}, {Impeach}, {Arraign}. These
           words agree in bringing home to a person the
           imputation of wrongdoing. To accuse is a somewhat
           formal act, and is applied usually (though not
           exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason.
           Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a
           dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it
           refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with
           dishonesty or falsehood. To arraign is to bring (a
           person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign
           one before a court or at the bar public opinion. To
           impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in
           office; as, to impeach a minister of high crimes. Both
           impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar
           dignity or impressiveness.
Thesaurus Terms
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